Course Title: Religion, Conflict and Globalisation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Religion, Conflict and Globalisation

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,

Course Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth Kath

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5084

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B37. L5

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will focus on the relationship between religion and globalisation. You will explore the ways in which religion and global processes interact with each other. The course will cover the operation of religion in an inter-connected world context and the effects of growing cross-border flows on religion.

The course is based on analysis of key theoretical approaches to globalisation and religion, as well as more specific case studies. Detailed analyses of globalising trends and their political and social aspects will contribute to your knowledge and understanding of the “re-appearance” of religion in the public sphere as well as the transformative effects of religion and globalisation on states and societies. You will examine the potential capacity of religion to generate or escalate violence as well as to act as a resource for conflict resolution and peace-building in a highly inter-dependent world. Investigation of these issues will facilitate discussion of some potential ways in which religious and non-religious individuals and organisations may contribute to the conditions of social peace and cohesion at local and global levels.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • evaluate key aspects of globalisation and the role of religion in contemporary politics and society.
  • examine theories of religion and globalisation.
  • apply theoretical knowledge to critically analyse the interplay between religion and global processes.
  • research and critically reflect on the impact of religion on globalisation, and vice versa, from multiple perspectives by exploring the conditions, forces and characteristics of structural changes occurring as a result of the intensification of political, cultural and economic transactions across the world.
  • assess the involvement of religious organisations and agencies in global security and development initiatives (such as poverty alleviation, community reconciliation and disaster risk reduction) and reflect on their capacity to address these issues, and
  • communicate and discuss ideas and policy suggestions that may facilitate conflict resolution and social cohesion at local and global levels.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include interactive seminars focusing on case studies and the course learning materials. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include readings, lectures, guest speakers and online media. In the seminars and online you will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with the weekly reading materials and case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

Suggested readings and online resources will be made available through the library and myRMIT studies.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the graduate capabilities.  Assessment tasks may include contributions to class and/or online discussions, reading analysis and short summaries of readings, scenario presentations, a short written essay, and a take-home exam of short essay questions.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions, and through individual and/or group feedback on practical exercises. If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: